Parents' Nightmare: Daughter Disappears At Remote Camp

| by Michael Doherty
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Authorities are continuing a search for a woman in upstate New York who went missing while staying at her family's isolated campsite in the Adirondack Mountains.

Rachael Lynn Mattice, 24, of Johnstown, New York, left her parents' home on June 22 to go to her family's mountain camp near Wells, and has not been seen or heard from since, reports the Times Union.

Since June 24, authorities, including state forest rangers and state police, have searched the area near the campsite with helicopters, but have found no sign of Rachael. Her mother, Wendy Mattice, said that she believes Rachael was abducted, though Karl G. Abrams, the sheriff, said there were no signs of a struggle or evidence that anyone was with Rachael on the property.

"I've known the family a long time," said Abrams. "I can't imagine what they're going through."

Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers have partnered with the police to seek information on Rachael's disappearance, offering a $2,000 reward to those with information on the case.

Country music star Shania Twain, who Rachael's friends said is one of her favorite musicians, has also called for anyone with information to cooperate with authorities.

"I've heard the story of Rachael Mattice & urge anyone with information to come forward to the police & help her return to her family," Twain tweeted.

Before her disappearance near the heavily wooded campsite, which has spotty cell service, Rachael sent her mother a text message telling her that she had almost arrived at the camp.

"I’m at the bottom of the hill. Goodnight and I love you," read Rachael's last known communication, according to Fox News.

After Rachael's parents didn't hear from her, her father, David, drove out to the camper where she was staying. Her car was there, but Rachael was gone.

Wendy said it is not in her daughter's nature to go for an extended time with contacting her, adding that the mother and daughter usually communicate multiple times each day.

"We want her to know everybody is searching and praying for her safe return," said Wendy. "We love her from the bottom of our hearts."

Source: Times Union, Fox News / Photo credit: Facebook via Times Union

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